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Mrs. Hartnett writes,
…the infamous groundhog from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, saw his shadow earlier in February and thus, six more weeks of winter were forecast. Given the most recent snowfalls and bitter cold temperatures, it appears that Phil was right! I am sure that most of you are really ready for Spring, and I do have to admit that I love Spring, too, but for reasons other than you might anticipate.
Springtime is a time of year when I always think a lot about my mother. A widowed and fiercely independent woman, my mother resisted our most sincere attempts to have her leave her home in Chicago and come to live with my family and me in Saint Louis. When a massive stroke took away all of her memory, we brought her to live with us here, frail, uncertain, and completely unknowing. For in the thirteen months that she was in my home before she died in my arms, she never knew who we were.
Springtime at my childhood home in Tennessee always meant spring cleaning, the way it was done in the days of my mother’s youth. Every shelf in every room was emptied and every item washed and dried by hand – no dishwashers in those days. Every vertical and horizontal surface in the house was cleaned, as was every rug and curtain. My mother had a wringer type washing machine all her life and never owned a dryer, and so everything was hung on the clothesline to dry (a practice I still continue to this day).
My brothers never participated in this annual springtime rite, but I wouldn’t have traded all that work for anything in the world. For during those long hours of scrubbing and ironing and re-arranging and dismantling and rebuilding, my mother and I began and continued a close relationship and friendship that I have always cherished. We shared our dreams and hopes and fears. We told secrets. We laughed together. Thus there are special, special memories for me that are associated with Spring and with my mother, memories that helped in the healing following her death.
And so, welcome blessed Spring. I’m thinking of you, Mom!
SPRING TERM HOMEWORK SCHEDULE
Below please find the homework schedule for the Spring term. Please do consult your son’s teacher if there are homework issues that need to be addressed.
Spring 2014- 2015
A student must spend enough time in home study to master his studies. The following should serve as a guideline for both teachers and students. Teachers should not exceed these guidelines.
FORM I Weekly: 20-minute assignments in Modern Languages, Latin, Mathematics, and Science each day they meet.
FORM II Weekly: 20 minute assignments in Latin, Modern Languages, Mathematics, and History each day they meet.
Monday Theology (A, B and C)
Wednesday Theology (D) Computer Science, (A, B and C)
Thursday Computers Science (D)
CALLING ALL PRIORY HOCKEY FANS!
Come to the rink this Sunday, March 1, and show your support for the undefeated Priory hockey C-team as Head Coach Jeff Smith leads our boys into the final game shooting for a perfect 16-0 season. This promises to be an exciting game as we finish against our rival and 2nd ranked team in the league, Westminster. Those who attend are in for a real treat as our team is loaded with players of exceptional talent, grit, and speed. It will be a fun game to watch.
Game time is 5:00 pm at the St Peters Rec Plex South, 5200 Mexico Rd, St Peters, MO 63376. Come out and show your Rebel Pride!
CAMP ONDESSONK FORM II
Camp Ondessonk is fast approaching and I am confident that the boys will have a wonderful time. Please note that we will leave Priory at 8:00 am on Sunday, March 29 (a change of date from calendars published before the beginning of the school year.) Please plan to arrive at the Junior School no later than 7:45 so that we can load the buses for a timely departure at 8:00 am. We plan to return to Priory between 3:00 and 3:30 pm on Tuesday, March 31. Please plan transportation to pick up Form II students at that time, as they may go home directly upon their return to campus.
I do ask parents to monitor the following:
- No snacks should be sent with the boys to Camp O.
- No electronic devices of any type (including laptops, iPods, hand-held game players, and CD players) are allowed at Camp O.
- Cell phones should be left at home. There is no cell phone service at Camp O. The land line to the Camp is 618-695-2489.
In the next few weeks, you will receive in the mail three documents from Fr. Augustine regarding Camp O, one of which is the medical form. Please complete this form and return it to the Junior School as soon as possible.
If your son does not have a sleeping bag at his disposition, please let me know.
Friday, March 13 the next newsletter
Monday – Friday Spring break
March 16 – 20
Sunday – Tuesday Form II Camp Ondessonk
March 29 - 31
The year's at the spring
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hillside's dew-pearled;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn;
God's in His heaven -
All's right with the world!
— Excerpt from the dramatic poem Pippa Passes, by Robert Browning
Robert Browning (1812 –1889) was an English poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, especially dramatic monologues, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets.
Browning’s fame today rests mainly on his dramatic monologues, in which the words not only convey setting and action but also reveal the speaker’s character. Unlike a soliloquy, the meaning in a Browning dramatic monologue is not what the speaker directly reveals but what he inadvertently "gives away" about himself in the process of rationalizing past actions, or "special-pleading" his case to a silent auditor in the poem. Rather than thinking out loud, the character composes a self-defense which the reader, as "juror," is challenged to see through.
In The Ring and the Book, Browning writes an epic-length poem in which he justifies the ways of God to humanity through twelve extended blank verse monologues spoken by the principals in a trial about a murder. These monologues greatly influenced many later poets, including T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound.
Ironically, Browning’s style, which seemed modern and experimental to Victorian readers, owes much to his love of the seventeenth century poems of John Donne with their abrupt openings, colloquial phrasing and irregular rhythms. But he remains too much the prophet-poet and descendant of Percy Shelley to settle for the conceits, puns, and verbal play of the Metaphysical poets of the seventeenth century. His is a modern sensibility, all too aware of the arguments against the vulnerable position of one of his simple characters, who recites: "God's in His Heaven; All's right with the world." Browning endorses such a position because he sees an immanent deity that, far from remaining in a transcendent heaven, is indivisible from temporal process, assuring that in the fullness of theological time there is ample cause for celebrating life.
Thank you to all of you for all that you do for the boys and for the School. We are grateful indeed.
Diana B. Hartnett
Director of the Junior School
Saint Louis Priory School